There were enough problems facing football and the EFL before the coronavirus reared its ugly head.
Championship clubs have been debating the merits of Financial Fair Play, certainly in its current guise, as well as the television package, especially in contrast to the Premier League.
Stoke City chief executive Tony Scholes has pointed to the difference between the teams at the bottom of the top flight and top of the second tier in terms of income and permitted expenditure.
He said: “The league doesn’t get the income to match its appeal to match the fact that it is the third highest attended league in Europe.
“So you’ve got Leeds at the top of the league and they’re on telly all the time, but they get TV income of about £3m-a-year.
“The team one place above them, Norwich, on telly maybe 12 times this year, less than Leeds anyway, they get TV income of £100m-a-year and it just can’t be right.
“Then we’ve got a set of (FFP) rules that stifle ambition and keeps clubs from investing in the club.
“The effect of that is – and this is the negative of the league at the moment – is that 12 years ago the league was very collegiate, everyone got on with each other. Obviously there was great competition on the pitch, but off the pitch all the clubs got on.
“What I feel now in the league is that some clubs are desperate to attack other clubs and get them punished for breaking rules and get them a points deduction.
“It’s just become a more difficult environment and I think that’s because of the financial gap that exists with the Premier League.”
Coates family ensures Stoke City staff will be paid despite football shutdown
Stoke City match day staff have been told they will be paid despite games being postponed and full-time staff will have salaries guaranteed for the next five months.
Turnstile operators were among the part-time workers who received letters from the club on Thursday to confirm they would still receive wages for four home matches which have already been called off.
At the moment, Championship football is on hold until at least April 30 due to the coronavirus but there is widespread recognition that the break could go on much longer.
The virus is affecting every industry and businesses large and small are waiting to hear how they will receive support from the Government.
But the Coates family, which owns and run Etruria-based bet365 and Stoke City, have already made the decision that there will be no job losses over the next five uncertain months.
Stoke City asked for extension on season ticket deal
Stoke City fans’ council have asked the club for an extension to the early bird season ticket offer for 2020/21.
Stoke last month announced they were holding season ticket prices for a 13th consecutive year, with adult prices starting at £294 in a discount period up to Monday, April 6.
But a lot has happened since then…
The club is understood to be reviewing a fluid and unprecedented situation. It is hoped that an announcement will be made early next week.
Bojan Krkic sums up football’s unknowns in the middle of a global crisis
Bojan can’t get his head around the urgency to set a date for football’s return at a time when the rest of the world is still trying to get a handle on the coronavirus.
The former Stoke City playmaker is currently training on his own as he tries to prepare for a season with Montreal Impact – even if no one knows when it will get going.
He is missing sport, of course, but that’s secondary to a global crisis and he can’t believe that’s not the same for everyone.